Sept 20,2014(ISN) – CHILLIWACK, BC –The Penticton Vees overwhelmed the Surrey Eagles on Friday night, clipping the birds 11-2 in their regular season opener at the BCHL Bauer Showcase.
Eight different Vees scored in the romp and all but three picked up a point. Lewis Zerter-Gossage led the way with a hat-trick and four points in his Vees debut. Mitch Newsome scored twice and Miles Gendron, Demico Hannoun, Matt Serratore, Cody DePourcq and Jack Ramsey added singles.
Despite the lopsided score line, the Eagles broke the ice at 8:47 of the first on a power-play goal from Chase McMurphy. The Vees quickly replied with two goals of their own when Zerter-Gossage and Josh Laframbroise scored seventy-one seconds apart midway through the period.
Darius Davidson brought the Eagles back on even terms at the tale-end of the opening frame, when finished on an odd-man rush at 15:56.
It was even through the first twenty-minutes but it was all Penticton in the final forty. Matt Serratore ignited a four-goal second period for the Vees when he was sprung on a breakaway at 8:10. Just sixteen-seconds later, Cody DePourcq cleaned up a rebound to double Penticton’s lead.
The power-play padded the lead late in the middle stanza. Jack Ramsey showed great hand-eye coordination for his first on the season at 16:29. Zerter-Gossage potted the Vees sixth goal at 18:30 when he redirected a great feed from Tyson Jost.
The goals kept coming in the third as Zerter-Gossage netted his hat-trick at 2:32. Mitch Newsome then scored his first and second goals twenty-two seconds apart. His first was a dump-in from centre ice that leaked through the Eagles’ Christian Short at 2:57. He then put the Vees up by a touchdown on the very next shift, as he beat Daniel Davidson short-side, after he came on in relief of Short.
Miles Gendron got the Vees to double-digits at 6:04 when he batted a rebound out of the air and over Davidson for his first career goal. Demico Hannoun capped things off on another Vees power-play at 8:12.
Final Score: 11-2
Power-Play: Vees 3/9 Eagles 1/5
Three Stars: 1) Lewis Zerter-Gossage 2) Dante Fabbro 3) Tyson Jost
The Vees look for a BCHL Showcase sweep when they tangle with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at Prospera Centre; puck drop is 3pm.